In a Wednesday blog post, Uber addressed its special technology that hides the regular city view from users and shows them an altered view instead. The company pledged not to employ this technology against regulators who are trying to investigate Uber.
The existence of that tech, called "Greyball" within the company, was first revealed in a report in the New York Times last Friday. According to that report, Uber used Greyball to target regulators in cities where Uber was banned or restricted, such as Portland, Oregon. Those regulators attempted in some cases to order Uber cars to prove they were operating illegally. Greyball showed cars that didn't actually exist, and real drivers who offered rides quickly canceled, according to the Times.